National Guestworker Alliance

New England Lead Organizer

This position is based in New England with an initial focus on
New Bedford, MA; Providence, RI; and Fall River, MA

About the National Guestworker Alliance (NGA):
The NGA is a national organization of low-wage and contingent workers across the United States. Founded ten years ago by workers in the U.S. Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina, NGA represents contingent workers across many industries, including food manufacturing, construction, service, hospitality, and logistics.

About the Position
This position is based in New England with an initial focus on New Bedford, MA Providence, RI and Fall River, MA.

National Guestworker Alliance seeks a highly talented and experienced Lead Organizer


  1. Drive our strategic industry wide organizing plan with the local and national team. Provide support and supervision to a growing team of field organizers. Assure development of short and medium term work plans with clear measureable goals, strategies and tactics necessary to win campaigns. Evaluate potential organizing targets and integrate research, legal analysis and other information into campaign planning.
  2. Work directly with the field team to grow the worker association, build leadership capacity among the base and move the industry wide campaign. Assure the team is building, maintaining, and developing NGA worker contacts and membership. Support, expand and deepen member leadership and leadership structures through one on ones, membership meetings, leadership meetings and other fieldwork. Support the political development of worker leaders. Support the team in managing lists, charts, and databases and assure that fieldwork is clearly and systematically carried out and recorded.
  3. Directly supervise and provide support and accountability for a growing team of organizers who are building the worker association, developing contacts, assessing members, running leadership development, supporting committee development and running member defense strategies. Manage field organizers’ success in meeting goals and deadlines. Provide constructive support and evaluation and suggest areas of growth. Responsible for high performance and high production values of the team overall.
  4. Maintain, manage and develop NGA’s strategic partners and regional allies in civil, gender and labor rights organizations to support broad organizational and campaign goals and create the best possible space for workers to organize.
  5. Coordinate and integrate work with legal, research and communication staff and with the broader movement allies.
  6. Other duties as assigned.

This is not a 9 to 5 job—long and varied hours, with early morning, evening, weekend work is required.

Who You Are
Key qualifications:

  • The job requires a high degree of motivation and the ability to take initiative. A successful applicant will have the following qualities:
    • Creative
    • Deep dedication to the leadership of directly affected people
    • Faith in poor peoples’ ability to transform the world
    • Patience and stamina
    • The ability to work well under pressure
    • Love of teamwork and a good team player.
  • The NGA / New Orleans Workers' Center are strongly committed to racial justice, international solidarity and alliance building, economic justice and gender justice frames. While the lead organizer will focus primarily on the work described above, candidates must be committed to supporting African American organizing for access to dignified jobs; immigrant organizing for civil rights; LGBTQ rights organizing; gender justice organizing; and other efforts across many communities to expand dignity and democracy in the South.
  • Familiarity and experience in the immigrant rights movement.
  • Five to seven years’ experience in community, labor, or grassroots electoral organizing – including member recruitment, leadership development, and campaigns preferred
  • Experience training, supporting and supervising community or labor organizer teams;
  • Must be fluent in English and Spanish
  • K'iche' language abilities a plus
  • Must have strong writing skills, office skills, and self-organization skills
  • Must drive and have valid driver’s license

National Guestworker Alliance / NOWCRJ is an equal opportunity employer. Women, people of color and LGBTQ individuals strongly encouraged to apply.

Applications will only be accepted electronically. Please email a cover letter and resume to kati@guestworkeralliance.org and mention this job title in the subject line of your email. Please include a daytime phone number where we can contact you. Application process will be open until position is filled.

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